Yajna Govind: Is naturalization a passport for better labor market integration? Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Setting (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Is naturalization a passport for better labor market integration? Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Setting .


With the participation of Yajna Govind, Copenhagen Business School.


The seminar is held in English.


Better integration is beneficial for both migrants and the host country. In this respect, granting citizenship could be an important policy to boost migrants’ integration. In this paper, I estimate the causal impact of obtaining citizenship on migrants’ labor market integration. I exploit a change in the law of naturalization through marriage in France in 2006. This reform amended the eligibility criteria for applicants by increasing the required number of years of marital life from 2 to 4, generating an exogenous shock and thus a quasi-experimental setting. Using administrative panel data, I first show evidence of the impact of the reform on naturalization rates. I then use a difference-in-differences model to estimate the labor market returns to naturalization. I find that, among those working, citizenship leads to an increase in annual earnings. I provide suggestive evidence that naturalization helps reduce informality and discrimination. This paper thus provides strong evidence that naturalization acts as a catalyst for labor market integration.


Guest Speakers

  • Copenhagen Business School
    Yajna Govind is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at the Copenhagen Business School. She graduated from the Paris School of Economics with a PhD in Economics. Her research interests are mainly related to inequality and migration, using different approaches. In one strand of her research, she specializes in migrants' integration policies.


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Registration closed on 20/03/2023.

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